However, Miss Justineau’s emotional attachment to the children is frowned up on by the strict Sgt Parks (Paddy Considine) and cold clinical Dr Caldwell (Glenn Close) who view the children as monsters and test subjects respectively. You see the country (or perhaps the world, I don’t think it was ever fully explained) has turned into a dystopian nightmare that is linked to these children in some way and the bunker is one of the last safe places, but not for long.
That being said we do largely end up plodding through the zombie movie checklist, ticking off set pieces one by one, to the point where at times it starts to overshadow the originality. We sort of have a very unique and a very cliche story playing out at the same time, ﬁghting over each other for screen time, and frankly I thought it was a bit of a mess. The bits I liked I really liked, but the rest was the same old same old and I can ﬁnd better scares and better action in other similar movies easily.
The characters work well together, they really endear themselves to you and their arcs feel natural, helped of course by the fantastic cast, and the ambiguity of the hero/villain dynamic is much deeper than you would normally get in this kind of movie, it will genuinely make you think. But clever as it is I can’t help but feel the movie could have been more even though I can’t put my ﬁnger on what exactly I mean by that. More stylised perhaps, more world building, I don’t know it just felt like the movie was missing something, not quite reaching it’s potential.
Without any spoilers the ﬁlm starts to go a bit Lord of the Flies at one point and I think I’d rather have seen that play out than the atypical survival story of the name cast.
So a unique and interesting story trapped in the conﬁnes of one of the least unique and interesting genres to create a weird hybrid of the two. It’s a good ﬁlm, a horror ﬁlm for people who aren’t particularly into horror ﬁlms you could say, which should be ringing my bell but for whatever reason it didn’t quite draw me all the way in.
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